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If you’ve read most of my other posts you may be able to tell that I am a bit of a foodie.

I hope not to be an obnoxious one, but I truly do love and appreciate all types of food. I also believe that food shapes and influences every culture in the world. You cannot fully experience a location without trying its local cuisine. Every place has some sort of plate or recipe that is special and tells a story. Whether its a common dish or something a little more unique for special occasions it all has a unique part in shaping a culture.

Food has the ability to unite people in an incredible way.Therefore, I have decided to add some recipes to the blog.

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I do not have a specific type of cuisine that is my absolute favorite. I genuinely love and appreciate a little bit of everything. Lately I have found myself making homemade ramen from scratch to butter chicken to a Spanish inspired pizza. I do get quite a bit of inspiration from other blogs and cookbooks but I tend to add my own little twist whether its due to the ingredients that I have or just because I like to do things my own way. I tend to post pictures on Instagram (of course) but I feel like I want to do a little more than that.

So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. This is something that I am truly passionate about and of course, it’s always fun to do something new.

If y’all have any ideas or suggestions on different foods that are either your favorite or something that you’ve always wanted to try, please leave me a comment and let me know. I am always looking for new things to try.

XO,

Bec

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#WanderlustWednesday: Granada, Spain

My heart is currently set on Europe. I am desperate to go to Spain (amongst several other countries).

Since I was being lazy on New Years Day I decided to catch up on some shows. Both Booze Traveler on the Travel Channel and Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on CNN had episodes in Spain with the mention of Granada in each one.

Granada is the capital of the province of Granada which lies in the region of Andalusia in Spain. It is at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is about an hour away from the Mediterranean coast. The city is the 13th largest urban area in Spain.

The most famous structure in Granada is the Alhambra which is a Moorish citadel and palace. It is the most renowned building of Andalusian Islamic history. There is a heavy Moorish influence in the architecture of the city.

Granada is a city full of History and Culture. From some of the earliest Celtic immigrants to gypsies to the Roman invasion, all have crossed paths in Granda.

Of course, tapas are a way of life in Granada. When hanging out with friends at night, going from bar to bar ordering drinks and sampling some incredible food.

Through it all, my heart longs to wander amongst Spain.

 

 

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#Wanderlust Wednesday: Wellington, New Zealand

Here’s to the last post of 2014…

One of the things that I regret not doing whilst living in Australia was going over to New Zealand. It would’ve been a short plane ride compared to about 16 hours now from LAX. I guess I’ll just be forced to go back, in which I would gladly go in a heartbeat.

This week I’ve started to fall in love with Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington is the capital the nation. It is located on the Southwestern end of the North Island on the Cook Strait which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It is the Southern most capital of the world. Lonely Planet named Wellington as “the coolest little capital in the world”. Food & Wine also listed Wellington as “One of the most romantic cities in the world.”

Wellington is one of the cheapest cities in the world to live in. It was listed as the 12th best quality of living in the world in 2014. With it’s moderate climate throughout the year, being on the ocean and near the forest and mountain regions, Wellington is known for being a very active city. It is a very walkable city with good public transportation.

Not only  are there various outdoor activities, Wellington is also known as the Culture Capital of New Zealand. The city host several different film and art festivals. There is a large theater district and several art galleries. The New Zealand ballet and Symphony orchestra call Wellington home. The city is lined with public sculptures and poetry. Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum & art gallery is one of the most popular things to do. One of the most famous attractions to Wellington is that it is the heart 7 soul of New Zealand film making. Peter Jackson, the director of The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, calls Wellington home.

Wellington also has a budding coffee, food & cocktail scene. It is the craft beer capital of the nation. The city is internationally known for its beer & coffee. There are about 750 cafes & restaurants, which is more per capita than New York City. It has some of the best restaurants in the nation. There are several food tours that are available to take. The Wairarapa Wine Region is nearby if wineries are more of your taste.

Wellington has a creative feel within its cosmopolitan city. It’s sophisticated like a capital city but has the warmth of a small town’s personality. When I finally get the chance to go back to the South Pacific, Wellington will now definitely be on my itinerary.

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For more on Wellington, wellingtonnz.com.

#WanderlustWednesday: Napa Valley

Being that I am quite a fan of wine…and food…the Napa Valley has been on my list for years. I literally driven from the top to the very bottom of California yet I have never been to Napa.

Of course, the Napa Valley is known for its wineries. It is one of the premier wine regions in the world. Wine production dates back to the 19th century.

With its mediterranean climate, its geography & geology, it has all that it needs to be an incredible environment for producing wine.

Yet there is much more to Napa than just sipping wine all day.

The Napa Valley houses some the the top chefs in the worlds restaurants. When I think of Napa, Thomas Keller comes to mind. Eating at the French Laundry is an absolute dream of mine. I have yet to have the privileged to eat at one of his restaurants but whilst i was living with a family in Australia, they hosted a 12 course meal that was based off of the recipes from the French Laundry. i thought i had died and went to heaven when we had the sea bass over spinach with the saffron vanilla sauce. It may sound a bit odd, but that sauce is life changing. Since that day, i have made it a goal of mine to dine there. Eating in the Napa Valley is am experience of its own.

Although food and wine are what draw most people in, there is much more to the area. If you are more of an outdoor enthusiast there are thousands of acres in which to hike and camp in. You could also go kayaking or white water rafting if you want something a little more adventurous. Driving and bike tours around the area are also quite popular to take in the sights. Of if you’re more of the spa and relax type of fan there are sever natural hot springs and thermal geysers to go soak in around some very luxurious resorts/spas.

I feel like the Napa Valley is one of the closest places that we have here in the States to the actual Mediterranean . Give me some good food & amazing wine in a beautiful location and happy I will be.

 

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For some more ideas on what to do whilst visiting check out: http://www.designsponge.com/2014/04/napa-valley-guide.html

#WanderlustWednesday: Bali

It’s been stupid cold here in Nashville the last few days and all I want to do is run to someplace warm and if it has a beach, than even better. You see, I lived in the desert for the last 7 of 8 years. I don’t do cold. I must admit, I am a wimp when it comes to cold weather and I have already begun to whine about the cold (my apologies to anyone who has to put up with it).

Therefore, I would do just about anything to be in Bali right now.

Bali is one of the islands/provinces of Indonesia. Because of all its natural beauty it is regarded and the “Island of the gods”. You have anywhere from sandy beaches, to rugged mountains to rich farmland. You can actually hike around Rinjani which is an active volcano or you can go scuba diving in the coral reefs surrounding the island. And of course, one of the more popular activities, surfing. Bali is one of the top destinations in the world for surfing.

Bali is also renowned for it highly developed arts. There is a diverse art culture with both modern and traditional art/dance. Even their temples are like pieces of artwork. If the arts really aren’t your thing, Bali is also known for being a relaxing destination with multiple luxurious spas and places for meditation and/or yoga.

Its an absolutely beautiful place and with this cold weather right now, I would love to just be able to sit on the beach, smelling the fresh ocean breeze whilst taking in a bit of sun.

Pura Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Bratan, Bali, Indonesia

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For more on Bali, check out: http://a.msn.com/03/en-us/BBekZVA

Friday Inspo

A beautiful, inspiring #travel poem!

I am a quote nerd.

I literally have a notebook that I carry in my purse to jot down any quotes that I come across or hear. I also jot down random ideas, things i need to check out more or simply stuff that i need to remember. Although I do use my phone quite a bit as well, but I prefer to actually write on paper.

All that to say, I thought I’d just post different quotes either about traveling or simply to inspire.

Have an amazing weekend y’all!